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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Concrete expert

Ali Abolmaali, professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at UTA, was quoted in a concrete pipe research story at Informed Infrastructure.com. A new ASTM International standard will support the sustainability and resiliency of concrete pipes that are reinforced by synthetic fibers. “Although these pipes are buried underground – where they’re not seen and seldom thought of – they help provide a safe and healthy environment for the public,” said Abolmaali, an ASTM member.

ClaimBuster explored

New Scientist reported that at The University of Texas at Arlington, computer scientist Chengkai Li is building a system to fact-check the statements of politicians in real time. The ClaimBuster, as he’s calling it, will study work done by human fact-checkers and, with the help of machine learning, start automating some of that process. Li envisions a final platform that can scan through the transcript of a speech or presidential debate, picking out the lines that we already know to be true or false so journalists can work on checking more complicated claims.

Biden visiting Texas

UTA Associate Professor of Political Science Allan Saxe talked to KTSA/550 AM (San Antonio) ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s fundraising trip to San Antonio yesterday. Saxe expected Biden to be a big help in filling the Democratic coffers, but he said that Democrats rarely do well in Texas.

UTA alum honored

UTA alumna Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks has been recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of real estate, agriculture, investments and self-storage, Consumer Electronics Net.com reported. Knapp-Fricks is president and co-owner of Knapp Sisters Rental, Knapp Sisters SELF Storage, Knapp Sisters Cattle Company, D&S Investments, and The Storage Barns.

UTA Wesley Foundation

Mansfield magazine.com noted that during Special Olympics Texas Spring and Summer Games at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Wesley Foundation at UTA opens its campus facility and provides student assistance for lunches for athletes and the Special Connexion clients.